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PW Children's Bookshelf: Breaking children's and YA publishing news, author interviews, bestsellers lists and reviews.
New York Rights Fair 2018
In the Spotlight
Backlist Discoveries
When you work in publishing, there’s rarely enough time to read all of the year’s buzzed-about titles. Sometimes it can take a while to catch up. We asked a variety of publishing staffers to tell us about a book for children that they’d finally gotten around to reading in 2017, and what it meant to them. more
All of Our Stars
Our fifth Children’s Starred Reviews Annual features nearly 400 reviews of books for kids and teens published in 2017 that received a star from PW. Click through for an interview with our cover artist, Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat. more
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kiki Prottsman
Retailing News
Holiday Sales Season Starts for Children's Booksellers
For booksellers, the holidays really are “the most wonderful time of the year,” and those surveyed by PW are optimistic about the start of the official holiday shopping season. Customers have been attracted to the stores by a handful of high-profile titles, including John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down and book 12 in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, as well as several backlist favorites. more
Global Kids Connect
GKC 2017: Sales, Stats,
And Hot Topics

The third annual Global Kids Connect conference, which took place December 4 in New York City, kicked off with a data-rich presentation by Kristen McLean, executive director of business development at NPD Book. McLean shared sales figures, consumer trends, and market insights for children’s publishers. more
GKC 2017: Publishing Professionals Talk International Growth
Foreign rights experts gathered during this week's GKC conference for a discussion of some of the areas of recent growth within the children's market. more
Book News
James Baldwin's Sole Children's Book Comes Back into Print
Renowned African-American author and civil rights activist James Baldwin's only picture book did not stay in print long after it was published in 1976. Next August, Duke University Press will reissue Little Man, Little Man with the original illustrations by Yoran Cazac, and commentary by Baldwin's niece and nephew: the inspiration for the book. more
Literacy Spotlight
'Traveling Stories' Gets Kids Reading, One Book at a Time
With this article, Children’s Bookshelf launches an occasional feature that will focus on literacy organizations and the work they do to promote reading within their communities.

We spoke with Emily Moberly, founder of the San Diego-based literacy nonprofit Traveling Stories, about her organization's mission to instill a love of reading and civic engagement in children. more
Out Next Week
Hot Off the Presses:
Week of December 11, 2017

Hitting shelves next week are a picture book about an absurd insect, a nonfiction middle grade title about growing up, and a picture book about a playful game of hide and seek. more
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Rights Report
Andrew Karre at Dutton has acquired North American rights to The Afterward, a standalone YA fantasy by E.K. Johnston. Pitched as David Eddings by way of Katie Cotugno, the book follows an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Josh Adams at Adams Literary handled the deal, which includes a second, untitled YA novel.
Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought Somewhere Only We Know, a new YA novel by Maurene Goo. Pitched as a modern-day Roman Holiday set in Hong Kong, the book follows one fateful day between a K-Pop star who'd like to be anyone else and the charming con-boy she meets, who's looking for a big break to impress his paparazzo father. When sparks ignite, the two must decide if they can risk it all for each other. Publication is set for spring 2019; Judy Hansen at Hansen Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Nancy Siscoe at Knopf has acquired It's Not Funny, a YA novel by Lance Rubin, author of Denton Little's Deathdate. The novel tells the story of Winnie Friedman, a 15-year-old who's been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she's hilarious. As she joins the school improv troupe and comes into her own as a comedian, she must face some very un-funny situations when she sees her comedy-hero father fall—in more ways than one. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019; CAA brokered the deal for North American rights.
Lauren Jablonski at Wednesday Books has bought, in a preempt, Shooting Cole Stone, S.C. Megale's #ownvoices debut YA novel. The book features irreverent Maeve, who has Muscular Dystrophy and plans to become an Oscar-winning film director, if only she can graduate high school and get some action with her leading man first. Publication is projected for winter 2019; Jessica Sinsheimer at Sarah Jane Freymann did the deal for world rights.
Lauren Smulski at Harlequin Teen has acquired Elizabeth Keenan's Rebel Girls, in which a pro-choice teen risks expulsion from her Catholic school when she rallies her friends to defend her pro-life sister, who has been accused of having an abortion. Through a riot-grrrl-inspired campaign, she struggles to become the champion her sister needs, in the wake of anti-abortion protests in their city in 1992. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Eric Smith of P.S. Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Erica Sussman at HarperCollins has bought teacher Jody Little's debut middle grade novel, Mostly the Honest Truth. When 11-year-old Jane ends up in the hospital after an accident with her father, she's taken to Three Boulders, a non-traditional foster home where she waits for him to get out of rehab. There, Jane discovers secrets about herself and the true meaning of family. Publication is slated for winter 2019, to be followed by a second, untitled novel; Ted Malawer at Upstart Crow Literary handled the deal for world English rights.
Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House/Ferguson has acquired world rights to Franklin School Friends author Claudia Mills's two new chapter books, including Cooking Superstars, about Carmi Fredericks and her friends' afterschool cooking club, and a second untitled book. No publication date has been set yet; Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has bought, at auction, world rights to Yamile Saied Méndez's (l.) Where Are You From?, illustrated by Jaime Kim, in which a girl who is asked where she's really from turns to her abuelo for the answer. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019, with a second book to follow; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary represented the author, and Claire Easton at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
Kate Fletcher at Candlewick has won North American rights, at auction, to Sadie and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin (l.) and Anna Walker. Sadie's clothes are hand-me-downs from her brothers, except for her shoes, which are silver and sparkly. But when she accidentally loses one, she finds something she doesn't expect—a new friend. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Allison Hellegers at Rights People did the deal on behalf of Eleanor Shorne Holden at Penguin Random House Australia.
Marilyn Brigham at Amazon/Two Lions has bought world rights to Lisa Robinson's (l.) Pippa's Night Parade, illustrated by Lucy Fleming. Pippa is a girl with a wild imagination who uses her wits and design skills to get over her fear of the monsters coming out of her storybooks. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group represented the author, and Arabella Stein of Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Sylvie Frank at S&S/Wiseman has acquired The Book Rescuer: How a Mentsh from Massachusetts Saved the World's Yiddish Books by Miss Mary Reporting author Sue Macy (l.), and illustrated by Stacy Innerst (Ruth Bader Ginsburg). The nonfiction picture book tells the story of a lost suitcase, a rain-soaked dumpster dive, and a dying language that was revived by Aaron Lansky's quest to preserve Yiddish books. Publication is set for fall 2019; the author represented herself, and Susan Cohen at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Yasemin Uçar and Semareh Al-Hillal at Kids Can Press have bought, and Debbie Rogosin will edit, Candace Ryan's (l.) picture book, Red Light, Green Lion, about a lion who saves the day by unexpected acts of kindness, courage, and wackiness while waiting for the light to change. Society of Illustrators' "Original Art" gold medalist Jennifer Yerkes will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2019. Rick Margolis at Rising Bear Literary represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has acquired Mulan, a picture book based on the original poem, "Fa Mulan," illustrated by Joy Ang and translated by Faye-Lynn Wu. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Paulsen has bought, in an exclusive submission, SCBWI award-winning debut author and illustrator Heidi Sheffield's Brick by Brick, a picture book that celebrates the warm relationship between a boy and his bricklayer father, who both work hard to achieve their dream home. Publication is set for spring 2020; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
Jennifer M. Brown at Knopf has acquired Sarah Williamson's Elevator Bird, a picture book about a bird who happily and selflessly performs hotel bellhop duties, and gets a surprise from his appreciative animal friends. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019; Steven Malk at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
Grace Maccarone at Holiday House has bought world English rights to Galore author Peter Stein's The Boy and the Bear. In Stein's illustration debut, a boy loses his favorite stuffed bear. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Lori Nowicki at Painted Words negotiated the deal.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.
IN THE MEDIA
From Variety:
Fox Is Developing John Green YA Novel Turtles All the Way Down into a Movie. Click here
From the New York Times:
Too Many Children in California Can't Read, Lawsuit Claims. Click here
From Brightly:
The Best Things About Reading Aloud with Kids, According to Parents. Click here
From 100 Scope Notes:
2017 Children's Lit: The Year in Miscellanea. Click here
From Publishing Perspectives:
Comparing Trends in Children's Publishing at Guadalajara's International Rights Exchange. Click here
From Book Riot:
A Love Letter to Newt Scamander for Destroying Gender Roles. Click here
From BuzzFeed:
19 Epic YA Fantasy Books 'His Dark Materials' Fans Will Love. Click here
From Broadly:
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Reflects on 2017. Click here
SHELFTALKER
Some thoughts on aiding the quest of Philip Pullman’s new Book of Dust in a bookselling eddy.
Substituting Santa Paws for the jolly old elf at this bookstore has been a gift worth keeping.
You’re going to want to see these photos of the newest bookstore to hit Vermont.
Ruminating on some of the daily tests that booksellers face.
FEATURED REVIEWS
I Am a Cat
Galia Bernstein. Abrams, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4197-2643-9

Bernstein’s debut is a fresh, powerful twist on the tension between in-groups and out-groups. A stout, green-eyed cat named Simon meets a gang of much larger cats: a lion, cheetah, puma, panther, and tiger. “I am a cat,” announces Simon. “Just like you!” The big cats greet Simon’s announcement with wide-eyed, stony silence. Then they erupt in guffaws. more
How Mamas Love Their Babies
Juniper Fitzgerald, illus. by Elise Peterson. Feminist, $16.95 (36p) ISBN 978-1-93693-200-9

First-time author Fitzgerald writes about the work mothers do to care for their children and support them economically—work that is often unseen or ignored. Peterson’s smart, sly collages show mothers that are black, brown, and white, heavy and skinny, urban and rural; they cook, fly planes, and sell ice cream. more
All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff
Meghan McCarthy. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4814-7752-9

Stowed, towed, shunned, shunted, guarded, studied, and eventually incinerated: McCarthy looks at what happened to an unwanted barge carrying more than 3,000 tons of New York trash in 1987 in this thoroughly researched picture book account. Her signature big-eyed cartoons and straightforward narrative style recount how the trash was loaded on a barge with a plan to let it decompose elsewhere. All goes awry when no port will allow it to dock. more
Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen
Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-101-93410-4

Based on a true story, this absorbing novel introduces Strongheart, a German shepherd that worked as a police dog in Germany until his discovery by Hollywood director Larry Trimble in the early 1920s. Trimble had long been searching for a “smart, expressive, dramatic dog” to star in a silent film; after traveling all the way to Europe to find the right dog, he knew that Strongheart fit the bill. more
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The Week in Libraries: December 1, 2017
Among the headlines this week: The results of a ReadersFirst E-book survey; The fate of net neutrality; And NYPL's first public meeting on the ambitious $317 million renovation of its main library. more




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Highlights of Next Week's Stars


Let’s Not Live on Earth
Sarah Blake. Wesleyan Univ., $15.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-0-8195-7765-8







Wild Justice: A Medieval Mystery
Priscilla Royal. Poisoned Pen, $15.95 trade paper (232p) ISBN 978-1-4642-0935-2







The Price of Freedom
Rosemary Rowe. Severn, $28.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8742-9







Starlight Nights
Stacey Kade. Forge, $27.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-7653-8042-5







Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws: Yeri7 Re Stsq’ey’s-Kucw
Marianne and Ronald E. Ignace. McGill-Queen’s Univ. (CDC, U.S. dist.; GTW, Canadian dist.), $39.95 trade paper (528p) ISBN 978-0-7735-5130-5





Emergency Department Design by Jon Huddy


The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers
Adam Nicolson. Holt, $32 (416p) ISBN 978-1-250-13418-9







The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers
Martin Doyle. Norton, $26.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-393-24235-5






Children's Books


Be Kind
Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Jen Hill. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-62672-321-4







I Am a Cat
Galia Bernstein. Abrams, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4197-2643-9







Teddy’s Favorite Toy
Christian Trimmer, illus. by Madeline Valentine. Atheneum, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-8079-6







New Books and More

Carolyn Reidy: PW's Person of the Year 2017
For her steady leadership in guiding one of the country’s Big Five trade publishers, Reidy, the president and CEO of Simon & Schuster, is PW’s 2017 Person of the Year. more


New Kids' and YA Books: Week of December 4, 2017
Hitting shelves next week are a pop-up picture book ode to love, a list of things more fun with friends and family, and a YA novel about a tenuous friendship with a private school mean girl. more


Innovative Leaders Appearing Exclusively at Global Kids Connect | Dec. 4, 2017


PW Picks: Books of the Week, December 4, 2017
This week: the horrifying realities of America’s nuclear-weapons apparatus, plus a novelist's guide to revision. more


Ambitious $317 Million NYPL Renovation Plan Detailed in First Public Meeting
In the first public hearing on the plan to renovate the historic Stephen A. Schwarzman main library, NYPL officials promised to listen to the concerns and desires of their constituents. more



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Top 10 Bestsellers


1

The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12)

Jeff Kinney, Author

2

Pete the Cat: 5-Minute Pete the Cat Stories: Includes 12 Groovy Stories!

James Dean, Author, James Dean, Illustrator

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5 MINUTE DISNEY SNUGGLE STORIE

DISNEY

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5 MINUTE DISNEY PRINCESS

DISNEY

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Five-Minute Peppa Stories (Peppa Pig)

Eone, Illustrator

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5 MINUTE DISNEY PIXAR

DISNEY

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5 MINUTE DISNEY AVENGERS

DISNEY

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R J Palacio, Author

9

Little Critter: 5-Minute Little Critter Stories: Includes 12 Classic Stories!

Mercer Mayer, Author

10

CURIOUS GEORGE'S 5-MIN STORIES

REY H.A.


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New York Rights Fair 2018
Four Questions for Jack White
PW spoke with White Stripes singer and guitarist Jack White about the adaptation of his song 'We’re Going to Be Friends' into a children's book. more


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Xanathar's Guide to Everything

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives

Ree Drummond, Author

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Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

Timothy Ferriss, Author

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Pete Souza, Author, Barack Obama, Foreword by

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Walter Isaacson, Author
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John Grisham, Author

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Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Janet Evanovich, Author

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The People vs. Alex Cross

James Patterson, Author

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Dan Brown, Author

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Lee Child, Author
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New York Rights Fair 2018
In the News
Cassandra Clare to Pen
Fantasy Series for Adults

Bestselling YA author Clare has closed a major two-book deal with Random House for an adult fantasy series, Sword Catcher. Clare said, "My own journey as a writer has brought me to the point where I am ready to realize this world." more

First Book Keeps Looking After Young Readers
The 25-year-old nonprofit has overseen the distribution of more than 170 million free and affordable low-cost books and materials to educators and community leaders nationwide, and it's just getting started. more

Innovative Leaders Appearing Exclusively at Global Kids Connect | Dec. 4, 2017
On the Scene
On Tour with Marissa Meyer
This month, Meyer (r.) set off on a nine-city tour in celebration of Renegades, first in her new YA duology. Click through for a selection of photo highlights from the festivities, which included standing-room-only superhero-themed events, a closing keynote at YALLFest, and cosplay inspired by Meyer’s characters. more

Four Questions
Jack White
White. who is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for the band The White Stripes, has also performed with The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and on numerous solo projects. Now, the accomplished musician has turned to a quieter venture—adapting one of his early songs into a picture book, which hits shelves this month.

Q: When you first wrote the song “We’re Going to Be Friends,” did you ever envision adapting it into a picture book?

A: No, I didn’t imagine that would be a reality at all. I actually thought that people might not understand the song for what it was supposed to be. The world I worked in at the time was very cynical so I thought they would take it as ironic. The lyrics being treated as poetry and an actual story is a wonderful full circle for a songwriter. more

Throwback Thursday
Tales from the Slush Pile
Every Thursday in our newsletter we feature an original comic strip, 'Tales from the Slush Pile,' which follows the trials and tribulations of a children's book writer and his friends. Author-illustrator Ed Briant has been drawing the strip since 2005; several years back we had a few questions for our cartoonist about his process. MORE

Out Next Week
Hot Off the Presses:
Week of December 4, 2017

Hitting shelves next week are a pop-up picture book ode to love, a list of things more fun with friends and family, and a YA novel about a tenuous friendship with a private school mean girl. more

In Brief

In Brief: November 30, 2017
This week, Obama White House photographer Pete Souza visits a D.C.-area school; the Gingerbread Man is on the loose; and authors show up for a National Press Club Journalism Institute fundraiser. more
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Rights Report
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired Cindy Lin's The Twelve, a debut #ownvoices Asian-inspired middle-grade fantasy. Pitched as Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Harry Potter, the book, first in a duology, follows 12-year-old Usagi as she teams up with rebels in hiding to hone her innate magical abilities—and reunite a mythical group of warriors—to save her island kingdom from a tyrannical Dragonlord. Publication will begin in summer 2019; Josh Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.
Elise Howard at Algonquin has bought world English rights to Susan Kaplan Carlton's In the Neighborhood of True, the story of a high school girl who moves from Manhattan to Atlanta in 1958 and falls for sweet tea and debutante dances, while hiding the fact that she's Jewish—until the synagogue she's been secretly attending is blown up by the KKK, and the boy she believes she loves may be involved. The book is inspired by the real-life bombing of Atlanta's oldest temple. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal.
Joan Powers at Candlewick has acquired world rights to Joe & Sparky author Jamie Michalak's new chapter book, Frank & Bean, illustrated by Bob Kolar. The story features a hot dog and a bean who go camping, form a band, and play around with words. Publication is set for fall 2019; Victoria Wells Arms of Wells Arms Literary handled the deal for the author, and Studio Goodwin Sturges represented the illustrator.
Ellen Cormier at Dial has acquired, at auction, author-illustrator Kelly Leigh Miller's debut picture book, I Am a Wolf, a story about a rescue pup who believes she doesn't need a pack—until she meets the girl who will melt her icy heart. Publication is planned for summer 2019, with a second, untitled picture book to follow in summer 2020; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra & Associates negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.
Stacey Barney at Putnam has bought world rights to Abrams editorial director Traci Todd's A Story of Nina Simone, a picture book biography of the musician, telling how she defied genre and expectation both musically and socially; Christian Robinson will illustrate; publication is tentatively slated for 2021. Steven Malk of Writers House represented both author and illustrator.
Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House has bought Snowy Race by April Jones Prince (l.), illustrated by Christine Davenier, in which a girl and her father, a snowplow driver, compete against a snowstorm in order to pick up someone special. The book is scheduled for fall 2019; Studio Goodwin Sturges represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has acquired world rights to Bob Raczka's (l.) Beware!, to be illustrated by Larry Day, about a bear and a bee who meet on uncertain terms but ultimately become friends. The story is told in words made up of only the five letters in the title. Publication is set for fall 2019; Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Amy Rennert of the Amy Rennert Agency represented the illustrator.
Dimiter Savoff at Simply Read Books has bought world rights to Marisa and the Mountains by George M. Johnson. The book depicts a girl who is fearful of her mountainous surroundings, but after traveling to the prairies, she comes to discover how special her home is. Chelsea O'Byrne will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2019. Essie White of Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.

IN THE MEDIA
From the Guardian:
Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage was chosen Waterstones Book of the Year in the U.K. Click here
From the Guardian:
Jill Barklem, creator of the Brambly Hedge books, has died. Click here
From the Millions:
Brimming with Curiosity: On Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. Click here
From Book Riot:
What to Say When Someone Asks for "Boy Books" or "Girl Books" in a Bookstore. Click here
From Book Riot:
10 Black Princess Books to Celebrate the Royal Engagement. Click here
From Book Riot:
7 Beautiful Books to Introduce Poetry and Wordplay to Children. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
Love, Simon: See the trailer for the film based on Becky Albertalli's YA novel. Click here
From NPR:
Harry Potter Translated to Scots, Marking Its 80th Language. Click here
From the Guardian:
Long before Harry Potter, The Box of Delights remade children's fantasy. Click here
From Cynsations:
Nancy Werlin on Thriving as a Long-Time, Actively Publishing YA Author. Click here
From 100 Scope Notes:
The Ultimate Children's Literature Illustrator Gift Guide. Click here
From Book Riot:
A Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers. Click here
SHELFTALKER

Elizabeth Bluemle
Reading Is a Team Sport
What adorable little bookstore readers and Icelandic Christmas Eve revelers have in common…
more »

Cynthia Compton
Tinsel and Lists
The lists of “best books” abound for customers and retailers during the holiday season.
DDG’s best new sideline gifts are recognized, but can the award overcome the last two years’ shocking scandals?
A children’s bookseller gives thanks for the blessings of the season.
FEATURED REVIEWS
Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms
Robert Paul Weston, illus. by Misa Saburi. Tundra, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-101-91874-6

“Seeing these blossoms in bloom/ is always finest with friends,” Sakura’s grandmother Obaachan tells her as they picnic underneath flowering cherry trees. Sakura loves her grandmother and misses her when her family moves from Japan to the United States. With lyrical prose—and sentences written in the Japanese poetic form of tanka—Weston chronicles the trials of adapting to another culture. more
Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!
Lisa Mantchev, illus. by Samantha Cotterill. S&S/Wiseman, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-6701-8

They defend the innocent—from a washing machine turned monster. They protect the planet—from a Godzilla-like creature menacing a toy city. And then they stop to have lunch. It’s all in a day’s work for two siblings in this imagination-fueled superhero story. more
Adelaide’s Secret World
Elise Hurst. Knopf, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5247-1454-3

A humanlike rabbit named Adelaide works in a small storefront that was once bustling, “but over time, Adelaide found herself all alone.” She crafts figurines of other lonely animals she sees in her city, including a solitary fox who sits near her shop. When he drops his book, she returns it, but she’s too overcome to speak. That evening, a strange storm gives Adelaide fresh inspiration and the courage to change. more
All We Can Do Is Wait
Richard Lawson. Razorbill, $17.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-448-49411-1

Lawson’s empathetic, wrenching debut zeroes in on five teenagers from various demographics and family situations, who meet in the waiting room at Boston General Hospital, seeking news about whether their loved ones survived a bridge collapse. Chapters shift among the complex and carefully drawn characters, offering distinct points of view and providing aching insight into the personal pain that colors their perspectives. more
TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE
November 30, 2017

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Elizabeth Law has been named editor at Holiday House, and will focus on backlist opportunities for the company. She was most recently v-p and publisher at Egmont USA.
Brigitte Waisberg is retiring from Annick Press after 12 years as marketing manager and 37 years in the publishing industry, as of December 31. Creative director Sheryl Shapiro will retire at the end of the year; she has been with Annick since 1991. Amanda Olson will join Annick as marketing manager effective January 2, 2018; she was most recently sales manager at HarperCollins. Claire Caldwell is joining the company as associate editor; she was previously assistant editor at Harlequin. Gayna Theophilus has been promoted to sales and rights director, from sales and rights manager. Brendan Ouellette has been promoted to digital project manager, from digital development and online marketing manager.
Evan Griffith has been promoted to editor at Workman Children's; he was previously associate editor in Workman's adult group.
Mekisha Telfer has been named associate editor at Roaring Brook Press; she was most recently associate editor at Glasstown Entertainment.
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